"We found the knife," Mr. Munn said aggressively, "and
the watch. What do you want for evidence?"
"Well-----" Mr. Munn repeated. "And God knows you
couldn't ever expect a jury to believe that story about the frog
finding the knife. Now, could you?"
" Well, I didn't say you could. All I said was, maybe he
was guilty, A feller who could do what he's just done,
" If you don't mind, Mr. Sills, I'd prefer not to discuss the
" Suit yourself," Mr. Sills answered. " The nigger is dead
that had the knife, and you can't unhang him. All I was
" If you'll excuse me, Mr. Sills, I don't want to discuss it."
" Suit yourself," Mr. Sills said again, and shrugged slightly.
Mr. Munn thought for an instant that he detected a flicker of
amusement, or triumph, in Mr. Sills' eyes, and anger gripped
him. Then, scrutinizing Mr. Sills' face, he wasn't sure, it was
so colourless, so unmoving. He took a quick gulp of his
"But this, gentlemen, now this," Professor Ball was say-
ingó" this is more immediate. The other is past. And this,
now, is serious."
" Serious enough," Mr. Sills agreed; then added, " But what
to do, that's the question."
" He took an oath," Professor Ball reminded them.
Mr. Sills turned to Mr, Munn, saying: "Sorrell said he'd
just about as soon pay the five hundred, even if it would sure
pinch him a right smart, if he thought that'd settle anything.
But he said it'd all happen again, sooner or later."
"He took an oath," Professor Ball said. "It was a sacred
oath, before God, and we all took it."
Mr. Sills went on: " Mr. Sorrell said he was for running
biro out of the country. Even if that wouldn't do any good,
he said it would give km a lot of satisfaction."
41 It was an oath," Professor Ball repeated once more,